Holy nerves. But it went soo well!
I arrived a little before Ryan and went and got my racing packet with a free T-shirt (woohoo!), a plastic mug (woohoo!), and a bunch of coupons. Then I met up with Ryan and headed to the porta potties. Not that I had to go, I was meeting a running friend from Wichita, and even if I needed to go, which I kinda did, the line was like 25 people long. And with only 15 minutes before the race....that ain't gonna happen.
|Me all smiles and feel good emotions pre-race.|
Those quickly faded.
Not only do I not know what the hell I'm doing at a FREAKING STARTING LINE, but now I look like a dancing idiot.
Now this is standing a little ways from the race starting line. So eventually I get the gumption to move my pooper onto the actually street.
And then I get even more nervous.
And then the announcer says, "One minute to start people."
ONE MINUTE. Ahhhh, Hell no. I can't do this. I'm going to die. I'm going to trip and shove my thumb up my nose. I'm going to have to really pee about mile 1.wetmypants. Why did I do this? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME???
But the gun goes off anyway. And my legs start moving. And I keep thinking, "Oh God, Oh God, don't trip, don't trip. What is that smell??? Oh Christ, did I really shit my pants? Oh, thank you Jesus, it's the weirdo next to me. Ok, run faster, he's a stinker."
|Dispite the stank.|
Then 1.5 miles there was the BEST garage sale. Seriously??? Why don't I have the time and money to stop. Because, Oh I sooooo would.
Mile 2 I started to get a little tired, but again people gave me advice to just pick a person and pace yourself with them. So I picked this cute little blondy that had on a pink shirt and just paced myself with her. We were probably running it about a 10 minute per mile pace, so I thought that was fantastic.
Then she F*ing started walking. Hussy.
So I picked a little older lady, about in her 60s, but she was rocking it. I kept up with her for the next mile or so just fine. But then she started speeding up. Christ.
I was then on my own. There was multiple times that I wanted to walk, but for some reason, I call it The Force, I didn't. I just kept going. And going. I was semi-tired around 2.5, my legs were starting to tell me to slow it down, but I kept on. I slowed my pace, again, a little, and concentrated on getting to the finish line. I tried to look at all the pretty old houses that lined the streets, but my thoughts were, "You can do this! You're running your first 5K!! Keep up the good work!" And that really pulled me through.
The last 1/2 mile was through a park and there were tons of people just cheering us on and motivating us to keep going. I'm pretty sure I had this shit eating grin on my face the entire time. They probably thought it was a poop face. It's fine.
The genius that designed the race made it so you had to run up a small hill to the finish line. Jerk. But I made it. I trudged and trudged, head down, pumping my feet until I reached the top, then it was smooth sailing!!
Only a few feet to the finish!!
And I finish!!!! Woop Woop!! Take that bitches!!
And this race couldn't have been more appropriate for me. They gave you free beer at the end.
I did give one to Ryan, just so you all know. I'm not a complete lush at 10 in the morning.
I ran it in 31:22. My fasted time yet! Yeah for a new PR!!!! I was so excited and thrilled I wanted to cry my eyes out. But I didn't. Because I had beer to drink.
All in all, it was one of the best experiences of my life and I CAN NOT WAIT to do another one!
Great job on your first 5k! That is so exciting! Are you hooked now and dying to do more? I still have not run a race with free beer at the end. I am missing out.ReplyDelete
WAY TO GO!
Yay YOU! Congrats on not only your first, but what sounds like a very well run race!!!!! : )ReplyDelete
You are the champion of the WORLD!ReplyDelete
I have never been more proud of you! I love you!ReplyDelete
Ok so first off I LOL'd at trying to picture your thumb going up your nose after tripping, and then I spit coffee on my keyboard at the thought of stopping for a garage sale mid-race! And yeah, that IS totally something I would do! God I love reading your blog! Oh, and most of all- Congratulations! Woohoooooooo!!!! And a great time too!!ReplyDelete
Woohoo!! Great job!!!!!ReplyDelete
I am so excited for you! You have been bit by the racing bug! We need to find a race half way between us and meet up!ReplyDelete
Congrats!!! You did awesome!ReplyDelete
You are freaking AWESOME! Like---naked running down the middle of the highway AWESOME! GREAT JOB, girl! SO proud!ReplyDelete
I'm so freaking proud of you baby girl!! You rock!! Keep it up. One day I might be at the finish line waiting for you.ReplyDelete
I am sooooooo proud of YOU!!!! I just love ya to pieces!! You DID IT!!!ReplyDelete
SO proud of you!!! And free beer at the finish line...do they know you or what?!!ReplyDelete
Awesome awesome awesome! Great job on your PR!!! Now you've got the first one under your belt, go back for more, they are addicting and fun!ReplyDelete
Congrats on the race and doing amazing at it!ReplyDelete
I am SO PROUD of you. You rocked it!!!!ReplyDelete
Way to go, Laura!! KICK ASS time to boot!! :)ReplyDelete
That's awesome! I'm sure this is the first of many more races. Congratulations on the PR! It sounds like you had a great time and YAY for the beer at the end!! :)ReplyDelete
YAY!! I'm so proud of you and excited for you and inspired by you. :) Big hugs on a job well done!!!ReplyDelete